Hughes aims to keep Schwarzer
Fulham manager Mark Hughes remains hopeful that Mark Schwarzer will stay at Craven Cottage.
Last Updated: 20/08/10 3:30pm
Fulham manager Mark Hughes remains hopeful that Mark Schwarzer will stay at Craven Cottage and has queried whether Arsenal are trying to disrupt the goalkeeper after failing to make an improved offer.
The Gunners recently rekindled their interest in the Australian and tabled another bid, believed to be in the region of £2million.
Fulham turned down the proposal and Hughes does not believe a move is certain to go ahead even though Schwarzer has submitted a transfer request.
"There wasn't an improved offer from Arsenal - it was exactly the same one that was put forward in May," said the Welshman.
"The situation hasn't moved on. There's been contact but no improved offer.
"I don't know if Arsenal are trying to disrupt him. There are many things clubs, players and agents do to unsettle players.
"Mark is aware of the interest of Arsenal. That knowledge is distracting and disruptive.
"But the status quo is the same - we wouldn't encourage an improved bid. It's not at all inevitable he will leave."
While Schwarzer could be on his way out of Craven Cottage, Fulham are closing in on a deal to bring in Benfica defender Rafik Halliche.
Hughes has been tracking Halliche for some time and has been impressed by what he has seen from the Algerian during a recent trial period.
"There's still some paperwork to be concluded on the deal. We're hopeful it will go through quickly and we can finish it," said Hughes.
"I saw him at the World Cup and I was aware of him even before that.
"It's always better to get a real opinion of a player when he comes through the door.
"Both he and Moussa Dembele, who we signed this week, are better than I initially thought which is a good sign."